YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – For the thrid year in a row the Yorktown community embraced the Hudson Valley Turkey Trot hosted by former State Senator Terrence Murphy and the Taconic Road Runners Club. More than 400 runners sprinted down Front Street with all of the proceeds being divided among the food pantries of St. Mary’s in Mohegan Lake, St. John’s in Mahopac and CHHOP of Peekskill.
“Once again our community turned out in support of a fantastic cause,” Yorktown Supervisor Elect Matt Slater said. “Our local food pantries provide an invaluable service to families and this is an easy and fun way to support them during the holiday season.”
The inaugural trot took place three years ago thanks to then State Senator Terrence Murphy. Murphy, who resides in Yorktown and represented the area, has pledged to continue the race because of the positive impact it has on families who rely on local food pantries.
“This is just such a great event that supports an even greater cause,” Murphy explained. “Our Turkey Trot raises critical funds for our local food pantries who do so much for our neighbors in need. This year’s 400 runners set a new mark for us to beat next year.”
This year’s event sponsors included JV Bagels, Gatorade, the Taconic Road Runners and the Yorktown Police Department. The first runner crossed the finish line at a blistering 15:38. Next year’s Turkey Trot is already scheduled for Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 26th.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Recognizing the important role small businesses play in Yorktown’s local economy, Supervisor Elect Matt Slater joined New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce President Sergio Esposito at Wishes Boutique of the Heights Hamlet on Small Business Saturday.
“Small Business Saturday is a wonderful way to raise awareness and support our local independent retailers,” Slater explained. “Studies show that supporting our small businesses, like Wishes Boutique, means supporting our local community. With holiday shopping in full swing I encourage all of our residents to think locally first.”
American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010. Studies have shown that for every dollar spent at a small business in the United States, approximately 67 cents stays in the local community.
State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne said, “We have so many a great small businesses here in Yorktown that do tremendous job stimulating our local economy and employing members of our community. When you go out to do your holiday shopping this season, please consider supporting these excellent main street establishments.”
Wishes Boutique is an eclectic gift shop carrying jewelry and personal accessories for girls and women of all ages, as well as beautiful items for the home.
“The Chamber is committed to promoting businesses in our town and the area,” Yorktown Chamber of Commerce President Sergio Esposito said. “Small Business Saturday is just another opportunity to highlight the incredible businesses we have right here in Yorktown and encourage local support of our small business community.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lactherman added, “As a small business owner I cannot tell you the importance of people coming out to support small businesses. We rely on people to come out and take advantage of the products and services our local businesses have to offer. Wishes always has unique products and supports other local businesses by carrying jewelry and items made by their fellow small businesses.”
SHRUB OAK, NY – Just three weeks after winning the election for Yorktown Town Supervisor, Supervisor-elect Matt Slater hosted the inaugural meeting of his bipartisan community transition team at the Shrub Oak International School. The team of nearly twenty people represents different political parties, community not-for-profits, business leaders, school officials and labor leaders.
“This transition team is a collaborative effort to move Yorktown forward in a positive direction,” Slater explained. “Our first meeting produced an incredible dialogue about ideas we have discussed over the past eight months as well as new initiatives for us to explore. I am very excited about the direction it is heading for the people of Yorktown.”
Slater made the issues of affordability, climate change and modnernization of town government the focal points of his campaign. Tricy Cushner, President of the Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids, and Peter Lanza, Vice President of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, serve as co-chairs of the transition team.
“This is a very exciting time for Yorktown,” Slater said. “We have identified some great things to accomplish for our community and we are already hard at work.”
The public has already submitted additional ideas through the transition team email firstname.lastname@example.org. Slater says he hopes more people engage in the process over the coming weeks.
YORKTOWN, NY – Preparing to assume the office of Yorktown Supervisor in six weeks, Matt Slater has formally requested Governor Cuomo to offset the unfunded mandate associated with the sweeping criminal justice reforms that are set to go into effect on January 1, 2020. The Supervisor-elect detailed his concerns pertaining to the financial impact, as well as those regarding overall public safety, in a letter to the Governor.
“Our Police Department and local courthouse provide model leadership on a daily basis,” Slater explained. “These new standards will have a negative impact on their ability to properly protect our residents and will cost local property taxpayers more of their hard-earned money.”
Keith Olson, President of the Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester agreed saying, “The new bail reform and discovery laws will only make the jobs of our police officers that much harder. The financial burden and unnecessary workload that accompanies this reform will result in less cops patrolling our neighborhoods, the place where we need them the most.”
Albany’s latest unfunded mandate is estimated to cost Yorktown taxpayers $80,000 this coming year. Meanwhile New York State’s Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM), which is approved as part of the state budget, has remained flat.
“Having worked in the both houses of the State Legislature, I firmly understand that details of complicated policies are often not recognized until the final stages of implementation,” Slater continued. “Seeing how we are on the cusp of the full enactment of these new procedures and protocols, I believe the state has a responsibility to take immediate action to delay the implementation of these reforms, determine the true fiscal impact this will have on local governments, identify the necessary funding mechanism to offset these costs and engage in a meaningful dialogue with law enforcement officials about the new protocols.”
Specifically concerns have been raised about the new discovery requirements and the burden it will place on local police depatments and district attorneys. The new mandates are leaving municipalities scrambling to cover the costs. Earlier this week the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) became the latest organization to publicly raise concerns over the criminal justice reforms citing inadequate funding.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, President of the District Attorneys Associaion of New York stated, “The bail changes enacted in Albany this year are reckless; forced through the budget process where they didn’t belong; without adequate consideration of how they will adversely affect public safety; and without adequate input from most of the agencies that work in the system, prosecutors, police, the courts.”
YORKTOWN, NY – Following his impressive victory last week, Yorktown Supervisor-elect Matt Slater today announced the members of his Transition Team. The bipartisan, community-based Transition Team will help lay the foundation for the new Slater Administration.
“Yorktown’s best days are ahead of us and I am proud to already be bringing people together from every corner of our community to make sure my administration is ready to go on day one,” Slater explained. “We have a lot of work to do and I can’t wait to get started for the people of Yorktown.”
As co-chaired by Tricy Cushner, President of the Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids, and Peter Lanza, Vice President of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, the Transition Team will be responsible for reviewing the Town’s budget, organizational structure and existing operations. Using their in-depth knowledge of Yorktown and commitment to the community’s future, the Transition Team will also help establish priorities for the new administration.
“It is with great pleasure that I serve as a co-chair with Peter Lanza on the Transition Team working with Yorktown’s newly elected town supervisor, Matt Slater,” said Tricy Cushner. “Our Yorktown community will absolutely benefit from a smooth transition supported by the outgoing supervisor and a community transition team. These joint efforts represent many community sectors and age groups allowing for various perspectives and sharing of skill-sets. Matt also emphasized his focus on communication and planning as the key elements to working together and accomplishing goals that highlight the reasons we all love Yorktown. This inclusive and thoughtful idea for a community transition team speaks volumes for where Matt’s leadership will take us.”
Peter Lanza, who is also the Vice President of BNC Insurance Agency added, “Matt Slater has made a firm commitment to addressing the affordability issues facing our community by nurturing a thriving business atmosphere. This transition team is the first step in that process and I am honored to join Matt, Tricy and the rest of the stakeholders to move Yorktown in a new direction that is focused on transforming and modernizing Yorktown’s local government to make it easier for everyone to use.”
In addition to Cushner and Lanza the other members of the transition team include:
- Denise Kness – Vice President of the Lakeland School Board
- Tom Donatelli – Vice President of Teva Pharmaceuticals and Former Yorktown School Board Member
- Mike Dubovsky – Owner of Hanover Electric
- Barney Molloy – Legislative Aide to Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa
- Anthony Ascenceo – Business Manager for Laborers’ Local 60
- John Kincart – Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate Professional
- Charlie O’Neil – President of Jefferson Owners Corp
- Alexa O’Rourke – Jefferson Valley Mall General Manager
- Heather Novak – Marketing Director for Washington Prime
- John McGuire – Retired NYPD Detective & CitiBank Fraud Analyst
- Roger Campos – Putnam County Savings Bank Branch Director
- Adam Brodsky – Fmr. New Castle Deputy Supervisor and Director of Commercial Properties for the Hakim Organization
- Dorothea LaScala – President of Yorktown Circolo da Vinci
- Charles Scheld Esq.
- Frank Biele – Program Director for SPARC
- Tom Huber – Vice President of Technology for Synchrony Bank
- John Cronin – Senior Fellow at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences and Former Hudson Riverkeeper
The public is encouraged to participate in this process by submitting ideas and suggestions at email@example.com.
The Transition Team’s first meeting is scheduled to take place next week at the Shrub Oak International School for Autism.
YORKTOWN, NY – On Tuesday, Matt Slater defeated Supervisor Ilan Gilbert by six points, leading the new Republican majority to victory. Joining Councilman Tom Diana and Councilman Ed Lachterman, Slater will officially take office on January 1, 2020.
“I am so honored and humbled to lead the community I was raised in,” Slater said. “There are so many people to thank but it starts with my wife, kids, Mom and Grandmother. We have a lot of work to do and I can’t wait to get started.”
Slater, a first time candidate, earned 5,543 votes according to the unofficial count by the Westchester County Board of Elections giving him a 600 vote lead. Previously, Slater served as Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Terrence Murphy.
“Supervisor Gilbert has graciously offered a smooth transition in the coming weeks,” Slater continued. “Our organization is already in the process of putting a transition team in place which we will announce in the near future.”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana was the top vote getter with 5,510 votes for the Yorktown Council race followed by Councilman Ed Lachterman who received 5,045.
Councilman Diana said, “I would like to thank the voters in Yorktown who came out and put their trust in me for another four years. I pledge to continue to work for all the residents of our great town.”
Councilman Lachterman added, “I would like to thank all of those that helped with this election and all of those who came out to support me at the polls. I look forward to serving the town of Yorktown for another four years! God bless you all.”
Yorktown Justice Gary Raniolo was also elected to another four year term.
Raises Taxes & Increases Spending For Second Straight Year
YORKTOWN, NY – Supevisor Ilan Gilbert quietly released his proposed budget for 2020 that raises taxes and increases spending for the second straight year. The tax increase is projected to double the following year despite municipalities being sold on additional windfalls from increasing the county sales tax by 14%.
“Local homeowners bear the brunt of Yorktown’s tax demand to the tune of 77%,” said Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater. “For the second year in a row Supervisor Gilbert is overtaxing and overcharging homeowners while taking credit for revenue that is not reflected in the budget.”
A closer look of the Supervisor’s proposed budget includes:
- No increase in projected sales tax revenue despite an anticipated $1.9m windfall from Westchester County’s 14% sales tax increase;
- Continued decline of projected building permit revenue since 2017 which indicates slowing economic growth;
- 25% increase for Supervisor’s Office salary budget;
- 5% salary increase for the Town Clerk’s office and an additional 65% salary increase for part time help for the Clerk’s office;
- 9% increase for leagal professional services including a 63% increase specifically for the Oxman Firm;
“The public was told that our current legal team, which has been embroiled in ethicial conflicts, would save us money,” charged Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana. “This budget does more for Supervisor Gilbert’s cronies than it does for the hardworking taxpayers of Yorktown.”
“I will not vote for a budget that gives a raise to our legal team,” echoed Yorktown Councilman Ed Lactherman. “They are ethically challenged and there is clear evidence of a pay-to-play scheme that Supervisor Gilbert seems happy to participate in. It is just wrong.”
In addition to questionable salary hikes to existing donors and political operatives the Supervisor’s budget also brings into question the reality behind Westchester County’s 14% sales tax hike. The proposed budget includes a minimal increase despite being sold on a windfall of more than $1 million.
“These are either or discussions,” Slater explained. “Either Yorktown stands to gain from a 14% sales tax hike or it doesn’t. The same can be said for the revenue Supervisor Gilbert is so eager to take credit for but can’t be found in his own proposal. If Yorktown stood to gain all of this money then there should be no reason to hit local homeowners with another property tax hike.”
YORKTOWN, NY – Yesterday, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced plans to cut the county tax levy for the first time since 2011. In Dutchess County, Marc Molinaro proposed the largest tax levy reduction in 20 years. In comparison, Yorktown’s property taxes under the Gilbert Budget is set to increase and the increase is expected to double next year.
For the second year in a row Yorktown Supervisor Ilan Gilbert has released a budget that smacks local taxpayers by increasing property taxes despite receiving a sales tax windfall from Westchester County which is allowing county government to propose cutting property taxes for the first time since 2011.
“Ilan Gilbert and his team are overcharging and overtaxing Yorktown residents,” Supervisor candidate Matt Slater said. “With failed policies like this it is no wonder our commercial tax base continues to erode and homeowners bear the highest burden in all of Westchester County. How are other counties and municipalities, including Westchester County, cutting property taxes and improving services, while local taxpayers in Yorktown continue to get hammered? It is clear we are overpaying for services and are being overtaxed because of the continued mismanagement of our town.”
Slater continued, “Yorktown’s tax structure targets homeowners because of the alarmingly low commercial tax base. The budget demonstrates a path to affordability by making Yorktown more competitive and attracting employers to Yorktown. This will offset the crushing property taxes on homeowners and provide good paying jobs right in our backyard which is exactly what I will focus on as Yorktown’s next Supervisor.”
YORKTOWN, NY – The Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester (APA) endorsed Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown Supervisor, and Yorktown Justice Gary Raniolo today citing their commitment to the law enforcement community. The APA represents more than 50 law enforcement organizations in the county of Westchester and more than 5,000 law enforcement officers.
Keith Olson, President of the Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester as well as the Yonkers PBA said, “Having worked so closely with Matt Slater during his time serving as Chief-Of-Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy we saw his determination and capabilities firsthand. We worked together to combat the opioid crisis and improving the safety of our local police officers. Matt Slater is the only candidate for Supervisor we support because he is the law and order candidate.”
“I am unapologetic of my support for our law enforcement officers and first responders,” Slater said. “Anyone who puts on the uniform to protect our families and answer our calls in times of need deserves our respect and gratitude. To have the support of the APA and its member organizations is a true honor.”
Olson also endorsed Yorktown Justice Gary Raniolo saying, “Having worked so closely with Judge Raniolo over the years, both in the DA’s office and here on the bench, his experience speaks volumes. He is a fair judge and is the right candidate for Yorktown.”
Judge Raniolo said, “The safety and security of my community is my top priority. Safety and security begins with effective law enforcement. Here in Yorktown we are blessed with the finest, best trained and most community oriented force in Westchester County led by Chief Robert Noble. I am humbled and grateful for the recognition of the APA.”
The members of the APA include:
ARDSLEY POLICE PBA
BEDFORD POLICE PBA
BRIARCLIFF MANOR POLICE PBA
BRONXVILLE POLICE PBA
BUCHANAN POLICE PBA
CROTON-ON-HUDSON POLICE PBA
DOBBS FERRY POLICE PBA
EASTCHESTER POLICE PBA
EASTCHESTER POLICE SOA
ELMSFORD POLICE PBA
GREENBURGH POLICE PBA
HARRISON POLICE PBA
HASTINGS-ON-HUD. POLICE PBA
IRVINGTON POLICE PBA
LARCHMONT POLICE PBA
MAMARONECK TOWN POLICE PBA
MAMARONECK VILLAGE POLICE PBA
MTA POLICE PBA
MOUNT KISCO POLICE PBA
MOUNT PLEASANT PBA
MOUNT VERNON POLICE PBA
NEW CASTLE POLICE PBA
NEW ROCHELLE POLICE PBA
NEW ROCHELLE POLICE SOA
NEW YORK STATE TROOPERS PBA
NEW YORK STATE PARK POLICE
NEW YORK STATE UNIV POLICE
NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT OFFICERS ASSOC.
NORTH CASTLE POLICE PBA
NORTH SALEM POLICE PBA
OSSINING TOWN POLICE PBA
OSSINING VILLAGE POLICE PBA
PELHAM POLICE PBA
PELHAM MANOR POLICE PBA
PEEKSKILL POLICE PBA
PLEASANTVILLE POLICE PBA
PORT CHESTER POLICE PBA
POUND RIDGE POLICE PBA
RYE BROOK POLICE PBA
RYE CITY POLICE PBA
SCARSDALE POLICE PBA
SLEEPY HOLLOW POLICE PBA
TARRYTOWN POLICE PBA
TUCKAHOE POLICE PBA
WESTCHESTER COUNTY PD
WESTCHESTER COUNTY COBA
WESTCHESTER COUNTY SOA
WESTCHESTER COUNTY DA INVESTIGATORS
WHITE PLAINS POLICE PBA
YORKTOWN POLICE PBA
YORKTOWN, NY – For more than a decade the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce has hosted a debate for candidates vying for local political office. On Wednesday, the Chamber hosted the only debate for Yorktown voters but notably missing were Supervisor Ilan Gilbert, Town Clerk Diana Quast and their runningmates. Instead, reports have emerged that Gilbert and Quast were spotted in the audience of the New Castle League of Women Voters Debate rather than appearing on stage in the town they represent.
Yorktown Supervisor Candidate Matt Slater said, “Supervisor Gilbert’s refusal to participate in a dialogue about his record of raising taxes, foolish spending, stifling local business growth and forefiting state grants should tell Yorktown voters all they need to know. This was a great opportunity to answer questions from Yorktown residents and put forward my plan to give our community a fresh start.”
This is not the first time Supervisor Gilbert hid from a public debate hosted by the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 Gilbert pulled the same stunt, refusing an opportunity to debate, depriving voters of an opportunity to make an informed decision in the election. Now with history repeating itself voters are catching on to Gilbert’s games and voicing their disdain.
On Gilbert’s Facebook page resident Steve Schaefer called his behavior, “a slap in the face of Yorktown Voters.” He went on further saying, “…it was sad that anyone that came out looking to hear from the Democrats did not even get to hear or see their candidates in a debate forum. Regardless of your party, it is not right and is a shame.”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said, “I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce for standing firm in their belief that voters deserve an opportunity to hear from their elected officials and those running for office. Our opponents knew they could not uphold their slogan of ‘Getting it done’ because they have no record to run on. If their Party stops from them from going to a community debate we have to wonder who will really run the town if they are elected. Their behavior and disrespect towards Yorktown’s voters speaks volumes.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman added, “I am proud of my record and service to our community and appreciate the opportunity to highlight it for Yorktown’s voters. This should have been an informative dialogue for members of our community to hear. Instead our opponents, who continue to opine that they are above politics, chose politics over doing the right thing for the people. It didn’t take long to expose them as political hypocrites and it is a scary thought to think about what they would do if actually elected.”
Yorktown Town Clerk Candidate Mary Capoccia stated, “The Town Clerk plays a pivotal role in ensuring town hall operates in a transparent manner. By avoiding this public forum my opponent proved her unwillingness to publicly stand before the voters. If she won’t stand for a simple statement how can we trust her to stand for taxpayers?”